Here's how to manage dozens of devices quickly and easily
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There's a lot to get through in order to get a smart assistant to do the heavy lifting of your home automation. And while we've gone over the seemingly endless list of everything that works with Alexa, there are some fundamental settings you might want to familiarize yourself with first. Below you'll find a step-by-step guide on how to manage your new Alexa-enabled device.
The first thing you'll see when you get into the Settings tab of the Alexa mobile app or at alexa.amazon.com is a list of some pretty generic settings. It's from here that you'll be able to manage: your Wi-Fi, Bluetooth connection, pair an Alexa remote, sounds and notifications, your device name, and device location. It's all pretty straightforward stuff here, so I'll spare you the details.
Much like anyone in your life, if you want to interact with Alexa, first you need to get its attention. While the default is your new assistant's name, there are actually a couple of other options to choose from. Whether you like the familiarity of a name or the cold-blooded distance of a brand, there's something here for you.
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